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Armour stand

Postby fh28 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:26 pm

Afternoon to all, wanting to created an armour stand (Full plate) for this year re-enacting. Just wondering the best method for structure, what best material to use and hopefully not spend too much cash!

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Re: Armour stand

Postby Thalion » Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:50 pm

Hi,

Are you wanting to try and make it for an encampment or just for home?

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Re: Armour stand

Postby fh28 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:38 pm

That would be for an encampment, makes a better display.



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Re: Armour stand

Postby Thalion » Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:50 pm

Hi,

Right, if you want a historically accurate one, I suggest looking for some depictions of one in manuscripts around 1300-1500, however I have made one using modern methods and a homemade design, but in the end you don't see it anyway so it wouldn't matter that much.

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Re: Armour stand

Postby fh28 » Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:59 am

Cool thanks, having difficulty in finding a 1400's Armour stand. Also kinda what it to easily break down for transport as well. A lot i find look like stick men!



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Re: Armour stand

Postby Thalion » Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:38 am

Hi,

All the ones I've seen (via internet from vendors and re-enactments) are pretty basic, as all that I've seen change on them is their feet and type of wood. The essentials for an armour stand is height and shoulder width, I'd measure yourself as the harness would be fitted to you. The sort of size of wood you'd be after are 85mm x 45mm for your central plank and 50mm x 45mm for your shoulder & waist battens, your feet would be either flat or arched, whatever you think looks best, and use the same dimensions of wood as the central plank. As for wood, go down to your local B&Q to their lumber yard for some cheap softwood to minimise costs (It's usually Pine Redwood. At the end of the day, wood is wood, no matter how fancy a store it comes from or it's cost. If you want hard as nails type of wood then use hardwood but be prepared to spend alot more money.) and then varnish it if your dislike the colour. But an armor stand is basically a stick man, a single central plank, with battens at the waist and shoulders for hanging your arms and legs and a helmet on top (of the central plank).

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Re: Armour stand

Postby Colin Middleton » Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:53 pm

Has anyone seen any evidence for any kind of authentic armour stand (I.e. Contemporary with the armour on it)? I've seen references to barrels, I've seen armour hung on racks on the wall and I've seen it in cupboard like constructions, but never on anything that I'd call an armour stand.

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Re: Armour stand

Postby fh28 » Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:22 pm

Cool thanks guys, what is the best method to make it stable (so hopefully a puff of wind doesn't push it over!)



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Re: Armour stand

Postby Thalion » Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:49 pm

Hi,

To stop it from falling over you make the feet more further apart, or longer. What I use is just flat feet spanning about 2ft in all four directions.

Colin Middleton wrote:Has anyone seen any evidence for any kind of authentic armour stand (I.e. Contemporary with the armour on it)? I've seen references to barrels, I've seen armour hung on racks on the wall and I've seen it in cupboard like constructions, but never on anything that I'd call an armour stand.

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I know they had them 16th C. for sure, and I'd think they would have some sort of stand for 15th C. And then I've seen mail hung up on such of an armour stand in a manuscript but I can't recall where.

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Re: Armour stand

Postby Badger » Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:59 pm

I have some stands missing bases knocking around in my stock room.

They are ones i used to display armour on in my old shop.

Approx 6 foot high steel tubed.

Was originally fixed to a flat wooden base and held GDFB suits of armour.

Any use?

Just realised i had not put a price on this.

Just collect it thats all



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Re: Armour stand

Postby fh28 » Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:54 pm

Cool Thanks Badger, where about's are you?



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Re: Armour stand

Postby Badger » Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:29 am

In Derby.




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